Engineering Technician (Utility Inspector)

Recruitment #1910-ENGTCHAG11-003



Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.


Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.


  • Needs to have advanced computer and electronic equipment skills.
  • Able to read construction plans and develop as-built prints with contractors.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, with contractors and Public Utilities Department personnel in the field and in the office.
  •  Must possess knowledge of underground utilities, their methods of construction, identify potential conflicts, understand conflict resolution, and be able to communicate that knowledge with all stakeholders.


This is responsible technical work involving engineering planning, construction and/or compliance inspections. Incumbents in this job may also Perform duties of identifying, inspecting, and condition coding county utilities assets and provide an accurate inventory and condition of assets.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate;


Three (3) years of experience in engineering support;


An equivalent combination of training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted above;


Possession of a valid Driver’s License.


Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service

Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve

Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations

Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals


Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


Work is performed both in an office environment as well as outdoors depending on the area of assignment 

The employee is regularly required to sit, and also required to walk. 

Frequently required reach with hands and arms, and required to stand. 

The employee must frequently lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. 

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below: 

  • Conducts compliance inspections on major building, civil, and utility construction projects to ensure conformance with regulations, standards and specifications. 
  • Reviews construction plans, drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with regulations and specifications. 
  •  Attends preconstruction meetings with engineers and developers to discuss construction schedules and other issues. 
  • Drafts or revises plans and drawings from in-house projects, contractors designed projects, field notes or construction plans to ensure conformance with specifications and contract requirements.
  • Inspects all materials and equipment delivered to the construction site to ensure that they meet specifications 
  • Conducts inspections of equipment to identify maintenance and repair needs
  • Performs or monitors performance of field tests to ensure proper installations and conformance with standards and specifications. 
  • Observes work and work methods to ensure that the structure is built utilizing acceptable work practices 
  • Inspects work in progress and upon completion to ensure acceptable level of workmanship and compliance with plans and specifications 
  • Conducts re-inspections to ensure compliance; interviews contractor and employees to ensure that labor laws and regulations are being observed. 
  • Reviews citizen complaints, recommends or takes corrective action, or refers to appropriate office for resolution. 
  • Maintains project log, records facts concerning work activity, work force, equipment, inspection activities, accidents, visitors, weather conditions, and unusual happenings.
  • Resolves differences between plans and specifications; 
  • Reviews contractor pay requests, change orders, progress schedules, and recommends approval/disapproval. 
  • Maintains records and reports used in daily inspections to document activities, work progress, daily diaries, testing, and change orders.
  • Collects new feature data using GPS enabled devices (generally iPads) with a low-level of precision and edit attribute information 
  • Performs traffic studies and inspections; inventories signal counting stations and data collecting equipment; investigates complaints and requests and submits reports with recommendations. 
  • Orders supplies, maintains equipment, and performs other administrative duties.
  • Explains/ interprets information/policies for employees, public, and other agencies.
  • Operates a lightweight motor vehicle for travel to and from work sites; operates digital paging system, cell phone, mobile radio, etc. to communicate with others. 
  • In the absence of the supervisor, supervises the work of others by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, providing training and counseling and evaluating performance. 
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Knowledge of utilities construction practices, methods, techniques, trades, materials, equipment and safety practices. 
  • Knowledge of public works construction practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics; basic methods and techniques of engineering. 
  • Strong familiarity with computers, tablets, and cameras. 
  • Knowledge of rules, regulations and ordinances relating to construction activities; departmental policies, procedures and guidelines. 
  • Knowledge in the usage of computer software: AutoCAD, MS Office, etc. 
  • Knowledge of the use and calibration of engineering instruments. 
  • Ability to read and comprehend construction and related codes, contracts and requirements. follow a logical line of inquiry and reach logical conclusions.
  • Ability to use testing instruments. 
  • Ability to read/interpret survey, engineering/architectural data, plans and specifications. 
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports. 
  • Ability to read and interpret legal requirements of contracts; evaluate construction progress/complaints; recognize improper procedures, materials and workmanship. 
  • Ability to verbally communicate moderately complex information; follow and explain moderately complex instructions and procedures.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and have excellent time management skills so as to complete those projects on-time and within the budget. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, contractors’ representatives, officials, and the general public.



We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

  • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from two (2) healthcare plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
  • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
  • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
  • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
  • Holidays: Employees receive up to twelve (12) paid holidays per year.

Visit our Benefits page for more exciting details.

Veteran’s Preference:

Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

Response/Recovery Activities:

Employees are required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to an emergency or natural disaster affecting County operations and/or its citizens. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees will be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*




In the event of an emergency or disaster, an employee may be required to respond promptly to duties and responsibilities as assigned by the employee’s department, the County’s Office of Emergency Management, or County Administration. Such assignments may be for before, during or after the emergency/disaster.